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World Cup selection shock on the cards

News.com.au
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Update: 2:27PM ENGLAND legend Gary Lineker says the nations star striker, Wayne Rooney, could be dropped from the starting line-up during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Lineker dropped the bombshell during a segment on Blahzil 2014 , claiming Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge would be a better choice to lead Englands line.

"Sturridge gives us different options. He gives us a threat in behind the opposition which I think is very important. That's something that Rooney doesnt do as often," Lineker said.

"He is very good at coming off, creating space, turning, hitting shots hard and bringing other people into the game, but in terms of a threat in behind the opposition defence, that is Sturridge's territory."

Rooney does have experience playing behind the main striker. He occupied that position frequently during the most recent English Premier League season, allowing Dutch striker Robin van Persie to play ahead of him.

But Lineker, who scored 48 goals in 80 games for England, thinks it will be hard to find a place for Rooney in England's starting line-up.

"If Sturridge is up top in the system, where do you play Rooney?"  "Wayne can play anywhere. He can play on the right, he can play on the left, he can even play a forward midfield role.

"It will be interesting to see which way Roy Hodgson (Englands manager) goes."

Earlier this week, Lineker called for a fresh vote on the hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup, amid allegations current host Qatar and FIFA acted corruptly during the original process.

"FIFA need another vote," Lineker said. "The best candidate for 2022, given 2018 is in Europe was, and still is, Australia."


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